AFTER a last-minute rescue in 2023 and an appearance by the world famous singer Roderick Williams OBE, Whittington Music Festival is back for 2024.

Tickets for festival will go on sale to the public on Thursday, February 1 in readiness for this year’s event which takes place from Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19.

The popular annual music festival had a rollercoaster ride last year when the Arts Council pulled their funding, but an incredible response from supporters and the community secured enough funds to allow the 2023 event to take place. 


And it turned out to be one of the best festivals in recent memory, with sell-out concerts and delighted audiences and many more turned away.

A festival spokesman said the Trustees were already looking forward to 2024’s event.

They added: “Having superstar baritone Roderick Williams OBE joining the festival’s line-up of international artists just two weeks after his Coronation appearance was sure to help ticket sales.

“But word spread like wildfire about the sheer brilliance of the concerts and by the Saturday and Sunday shows we had people turning up on the off-chance they could buy returned tickets on the door.”

Artistic director Sophia Rahman’s thoughtfully curated and highly ambitious 2023 programme was an absolute joy for audiences and musicians alike and the 2024 programme, named Sound Images, looks equally exciting with a little something for everyone’s taste. 

The ever-popular Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a world premiere of a song cycle by composer-in-residence Jeremy Sams and an afternoon of jazz are some of the treats in store for concert goers while they immerse themselves in some glorious chamber music performed by the 15 international artists including violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason, of the famous British musical family.

The full programme for May 2024 can be found at  

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The spokesman added: “Whittington Music Festival is held in St John the Baptist Church in Whittington and prides itself on being “unstuffy” and designed to appeal to all. 

“Under 26s are admitted to concerts free of charge and repertoire relevant to the GCSE and A-Level Music syllabuses is included in the programme so there are often a few school parties in attendance.” 

Tickets will be available from the festival website and from Rowanthorn in Oswestry and Three Trees in Whittington.